The Center for Place-Based Learning and Community contains a list of curricular resources and examples of student work, plus more.

Community Works Journal is a publication of Community Works Institute. Community Works Journal is an on-line journal for educators that focus on place, service learning and sustainability.  Contains many articles written by educators giving project examples. David Sobel is a regular contributor. They also provide an amazing week-long workshop in the summer.

A website designed to provide inspiration and practical ideas for K-12 teachers who seek meaningful and authentic ways to embed learning in local places. Here you will find a vibrant view of place-based education and curriculum design. Based in Vermont and founded by Amy B. Demarest.


  • The Complete Guide to Service Learning by Cathryn Berger Kaye

A complete guide to help you plan service-learning projects. This book is full of tools and examples.

  • Learning to Make Choices for the Future: Connecting Public Lands, Schools and Communities through Place-Based Learning and Civic Engagement prepared by The Center for Place-Based Learning and Community Engagement and a Forest for Every Classroom

This text gives a solid overview of Place-Based Learning and offers tools for planning projects.

  • Place-based Curriculum Design: Exceeding Standards through Local Investigation by Amy B. Demarest

This book goes beyond theory and shows both teachers and administrators the how and why of Place-based Learning in the classroom. Demarest writes about how to apply standards to place-based projects.

Other Books

  • Beyond Ecophobia: Reclaiming the Heart of Nature Education, by David Sobel

A short book that provides an overview of Place-Based Learning


A must-see 6-part video series (each video is approximately 5 minutes long) showcasing a second grade project about snakes.  The video-series shows how the teacher accomplished high-quality work in terms of research, writing, drawing, and speaking.


  • May 19, 2018 @ The Cottonwood School of Civics and Science (formerly SW Charter School)

Final workshop for participating teachers and mentors in the 2017/18 series:  Introduction to Place-based Education Design.